Professor Michel Che sustained in 2012, within Contemporary Chemistry Conferences, the presentation entitled: "Catalysis: an old domain with new challenges."
Mr. Che, professor at Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris, is a well-known specialist in the catalysis field involving gas-solid, liquid-solid and solid-solid interfaces. Professor Michel Che is Doctor Honoris Causa of several universities (in Poland, Portugal and Romania), including Bucharest University, and also a member membru of Academia Europaea.
He completed his doctorate in 1968 at the University of Lyon (ERP study of titanium dioxide) and studied as a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University (1969-1971). He was appointed professor at Pierre et Marie Curie University in 1975 and Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 1995.
His work has led to around 400 publications in international journals. He has been very active in the promotion and organization of catalysis, being the President-Founder of EFCATS (European Federation of Catalysis Societies) with creation in 1993 of the cycle of the now famous biennial "EuropaCat" congresses, and President of IACS (International Association of Catalysis Societies) in 2000-04, culminating with the organization and opening of the 13th International Congress on Catalysis in Paris in 2004.
His research activity has been largely devoted to catalysis processes involving gas-solid, liquid-solid and solid-solid interfaces. He has pioneered a molecular approach to heterogeneous catalysis, based on transition elements taken as probes, specific isotopes and physical techniques, which provided him with an original position in the field.
His studies have largely contributed to improve understanding of the elementary processes involved in laboratory/industrial catalysis.
Michel Che's awards include: J. H. Van't Hoff (Netherlands), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Japan), M. Sklodowska-Curie and P. Curie (Poland), A. Joannides and P. Sue (France), Von Humboldt - Gay-Lussac (Germany).